Vanessa Bruno Autumn 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Ok Ok, we know, yesterday it was all about Isabel Marant. But we heart her friend and fellow designer Vanessa Bruno. And we suspect you will too.

Ethereal, not edgy, has always been Vanessa Bruno's adjective. Just take a look at her store in Paris. For Autumn 2009, though, it looks like she's joined the urban-warrior brigade.

Opening the show were navy ribbed sweaters with military-looking gold fringe on the shoulders, worn with leather leggings and suede wrap skirts. Closing it were dresses with bodices that were Rodarte-like collages of black tulle, gold dots, and basket weave. Sandwiched in between were the sorts of colorful pieces that her legions of fans and international retailers love: a golden hammered-silk blouse and gray high-waisted trousers accompanied by a dark-green leather obi; a Lurex-shot violet dress; and a wine-red coat that she accessorized with knee-high black leather spats.

Could it get any better?

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